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Missoula offers lots to do for kids over winter break

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 10:57:46-05

MISSOULA — There’s nothing better than having your kids' home for holiday break, but after a few days, you might be racking your brain for fun and affordable ways to keep them entertained.

From ice skating and carousel rides to movies and swim sessions, Missoula has plenty of options.

For the kids going a little stir-crazy at home, you might check out Glacier Ice Rink.

“I think it’s a great activity to get the kids out and burn off some energy so that hopefully they come home with a little less energy,” executive director Laura Henning said.

The outdoor rink will be open at various times this week. You can view the schedule for public skating here.

After a few hours at the outdoor skating rink, you can head indoors to Currents Aquatic Center. The facility is complete with two-story slides, a water playground, a hot tub, and a lazy river. Currents offers recreational swim times throughout the week. Their holiday hours can be found here.

Aquatics Coordinator Hannah Shepherd gives a compelling argument as to why your family should check out Currents over break. She said the pool is currently 86 degrees and a nice break from the chilly weather outside.

If you're looking for relaxing, quiet time, a trip to The Roxy may be more your speed. Manager and volunteer coordinator John Howard said The Roxy has a packed schedule all week. The lineup includes all-new features, as well as the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For a complete list of movie times click here.

EmPower Place, located at the Missoula Food Bank and Event Center, will offer its usual activities this week, including interactive art and science classes. Their holiday schedule can be found here.

After opening presents on Christmas morning, add to the excitement with a ride at the Carousel. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas day all rides are free.

As your holiday vacation winds down, head to the Missoula Public Library for Tiny Tales or Family Story Time held the weekend following Christmas. For the complete guide to their holiday programming, click here.

Whether your kids need to burn off some energy, have a little quiet time, or just do something out of the ordinary over their holiday break, Missoula offers a handful of low-cost activities everyone in the family is sure to enjoy.